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    Get sewing machine oil out of your blocks?

    This is what I did today.......Since the deal with dropping my pair of cars off to the upholsterer fell through I decided to spend the day in the studio. I am working on my Snails Trail blocks and I decided to go ahead an oil my machine up since it has been a bit since I have.

    Well I was sewing the blocks and I got little oil spots on the fabric. I do not want to wash the blocks before I put them together and quilt it but will regular "Shout" or the "Advanced Shout gel" get it out when I launder it? Also this fabric is lightly used sheets that I picked up at the thrift store and they have been previously washed and ironed with TONS of starch.

    What should I do?

    Billy

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    I would try hand washing the spots out in the sink now using the shout gel. The longer it sits, the harder it will be to remove.

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    I think I have heard about baking soda or corn starch used to absorb the oil, but I have never tried it .

    Hope you find a way to get it out

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    I was working on my daughters car after the storms this past weekend when she played U-Boat captain :roll: and I got oil and rusty grease on my favorite shorts. They are a light khaki color almost white and I did not think I would get the oil and stuff off of them.

    I used the Shout Gel and you can not tell it was even dirty!! So I am hoping it will come out because these blocks are a pain to do!!!

    Billy

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    Dawn or Goop will take out most any oil substance.

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    I can not say it enough AWESOME!! I just did that last week while quilting on an old linen cloth. I sprayed with Awesome, let is sit for a few minutes and rinsed the spot. Gone!! Beware, the Awesome will make the oil look pink for a while and then is all gone. Find it at the dollar store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I can not say it enough AWESOME!! I just did that last week while quilting on an old linen cloth. I sprayed with Awesome, let is sit for a few minutes and rinsed the spot. Gone!! Beware, the Awesome will make the oil look pink for a while and then is all gone. Find it at the dollar store.
    Another product to add to my arsenal!! I also like goo gone for non fabric sticky removal. :D

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    That sounds like a great product. I need to try it. Thanks for the tip.

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    If you can find Lestoil, it works great at getting grease, ink, etc out, but it is getting hard to find around here.

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    I've used shampoo for oily hair....!!!

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    Another way to get out oil or grease is hand cleaner like the mechanics use. I have done this for years as my DH is a home mechanic.

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    I always use the regular blue Dawn. Son works on engines at work, so I wash his clothes in Dawn.

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    I spray with Awesome and machine wash (delicate) with my regular detergent. It works for me. I learned about Awesome on this board, I've learned so much here.

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    What part of the store do you find AWESOME? Like by soaps? I have some items that could use that product if it works like you say.
    Thanks.

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    I don't know what you will end up using -

    but one can hand wash - gently - a block that is unfinished.

    Put the item in a dishpan, large kettle, or basin - add water and whatever cleaning compound you are using - soak and swish -

    Drain or dump the water - rinse using the soak and swish method until the water is clear - roll in a towel to absorb excess moisture and air dry .

    The important thing is to minimize agitation which will cause fraying.

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    I use either Dawn dish soap (the blue one) or Awesome from the $1.00 store. They both work great. Awesome is great for spring cleaning also. Works great for washing walls. Just spray on & wipe off. Also works great on your range, bathtub etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJL
    What part of the store do you find AWESOME? Like by soaps? I have some items that could use that product if it works like you say.
    Thanks.
    You can get Totally Awesome at the dollar store. Just check on the wall with all the cleaning/laundry supplies.

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    oh no, I hope you get it out

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    Believe it or not the stains are gone!! And I have not washed it yet. I need to post photos of the top but I am kinda busy with the shop and tutes LOL!!!!

    But I am getting some Awesome and I already have the Shout Advanced do it should be okay I thinking!!

    Billy

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